A total 434,535 candidates registered to sit for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia this year, according to the Ministry of Education.
In a statement, it said the SPM would be held from Nov 7 till Dec 6 – involving 3,732 examination centres and 32,220 invigilators.
The ministry said 377,194 2016 or 86.8% of the candidates are from government schools, government-aided schools and government-aided religious schools.
Candidates of schools under government agencies other than the Education Ministry such as Mara Junior Science College make up 9,094 or 2.1%.
A total 7,931 candidates (1.8%) are from state religious secondary schools, private schools registered with the ministry (12,847 or 3%), independent candidates (25,713 or 5.9%) and people’s religious secondary schools (1,756 or 0.3%).
“The Examination Board reminds all 2016 SPM candidates to refer to the examination schedule for information on time of examination and instructions and warnings which must be complied with when the examination takes place next month.”
The ministry said the examination schedule could be downloaded from the Examination Board website at http://lp.moe.gov.my.
“Candidates are reminded to bring along their identity cards to the examination centre to ensure that management and handling of the examination proceeds smoothly.”
Meanwhile, the Education Ministry announced that none of the Institutes of Teacher Education (IPG) in the country will be closed amid confusion that arose over its status following the tabling of 2017 Budget recently.
According to a statement issued by the ministry, there were now 27 IPG campuses operating nationwide with nine of them to be changed to vocational colleges or polythechnics, in line with the needs and expansion of Technical Vocational Education and Training.
“The IPGs involved have yet to be finalised and talks are ongoing especially on the needs according to location,” said the statement.
In addition, two of the existing IPGs will be turned into Permata Centres as announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak when tabling the 2017 Budget.
These IPGs are Raja Melewar campus in Negeri Sembilan and Tuanku Bainun campus in Penang.